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9th May '16 3:03:43 PM DannyV_El_Acme
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*** The Vigilant of Stendarr can either be seen as this or as [[KnightTemplar knights templar]], depending on one's point of view. On the one hand, they serve the Divine of Mercy and selflessly protect the races from Daedra and creatures like vampires and werewolves. On the other hand, many of these creatures are actually not hostile to humanity but get (ironically) mercilessly slaughtered by them.
2nd May '16 8:54:36 AM Dolphinjamez
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* Suzaku of ''Anime/CodeGeas'' is a knight, dedicated to doing good, and making sure that he does it without breaking the law.

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* Suzaku of ''Anime/CodeGeas'' ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is a knight, dedicated to doing good, and making sure that he does it without breaking the law.
2nd May '16 8:53:48 AM Dolphinjamez
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* Suzaku of ''Anime/CodeGeas'' is a knight, dedicated to doing good, and making sure that he does it without breaking the law.
16th Apr '16 7:09:18 PM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'', some of the gods of Zarathan have dedicated holy warriors who are granted enhanced abilities by their patron god; the trilogy features the Justiciars, dedicated to Myrionar, God of Justice and Vengeance. A major plot driver is the revelation that the Justiciars have become corrupt and now secretly serve and gain their powers from a demonic patron (who is also apparently managing to fool Myrionar Itself, or at least prevent It from denouncing them and/or smiting them where they stand).
9th Apr '16 1:16:38 PM rehberre
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** In 2nd Edition, Paladins are designed to be a rare and special character class. This is achieved by giving them the most onerous required stats of the game, most notably a 17 or better in the DumpStat of Charisma. Apparently it's more important to ''look'' the part than it is to actually fight evil.

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** In 2nd Edition, Paladins are designed to be a rare and special character class. This is achieved by giving them the most onerous required stats of the game, most notably a 17 or better in the DumpStat of Charisma. Apparently it's more important {{Charisma}} (a measure of physical appearance, leadership skills, and ability to ''look'' the part than it is to actually fight evil.influence others).



** ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'': There's Keldorn and the Order of the Radiant Heart, as well as the [[IWantToBeARealMan wannabe paladin]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Anomen]] (who is a fighter/cleric dual-class, but aspires towards the paladin's role and attitude). There are also a group of fallen paladins who got kicked out of the order and are now common criminals. Meanwhile, Mazzy Fentan can't be a paladin because the second edition rules didn't allow it for halflings yet... ''but'' she's a LawfulGood, knightly servant of her deity who gives her special powers, so basically it's just a matter of terminology and minor differences in special abilities, and of her being bothered that she's not official.
*** The PlayerCharacter can also be one, with the option to join TheOrder after successfully completing a series of quests. S/he and Keldorn are the only two playable characters who can wield [[InfinityPlusOneSword Carsomyr, the Holy Avenger.]] Comes in four distinct flavors: the standard paladin (with TurnUndead, DetectEvil, saving throw bonuses, and the ability to wield any weapon); the Cavalier (no ranged weapons, but has special resistances and bonuses against demons and dragons); the Inquisitor (trade in standard features for powerful AntiMagic), and the Undead Hunter (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin). Of course, those bonuses are conditional upon having a decent Reputation and upholding NeverHurtAnInnocent.

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** ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'': There's Keldorn [[BadassGrandpa Keldorn]] and [[TheOrder the Order of the Radiant Heart, Heart]], as well as the [[IWantToBeARealMan wannabe paladin]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold squire]] [[SmallNameBigEgo Anomen]] (who is technically a fighter/cleric dual-class, but aspires towards the paladin's role and attitude). There are also a group of fallen paladins who got kicked out of the order and are now common criminals. Meanwhile, Mazzy Fentan can't be a paladin because the second edition rules didn't allow it for halflings yet... ''but'' she's a LawfulGood, knightly servant of her deity who gives her special powers, so basically it's just a matter of terminology and minor differences in special abilities, and of her being bothered that she's not official.
*** The PlayerCharacter can also be one, with the option to join TheOrder after successfully completing a series of quests. S/he and Keldorn are the only two playable characters who can wield [[InfinityPlusOneSword Carsomyr, the Holy Avenger.]] Comes in four distinct flavors: the standard paladin (with TurnUndead, DetectEvil, saving throw bonuses, and the ability to wield any weapon); the Cavalier [[KnightInShiningArmor Cavalier]] (no ranged weapons, but has special resistances and bonuses against demons and dragons); the Inquisitor (trade [[MageKiller Inquisitor]] (trades in standard features for powerful AntiMagic), and the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Undead Hunter (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin). Hunter]] (special bonuses against undead). Of course, those bonuses are conditional upon having maintaining a decent Reputation and upholding NeverHurtAnInnocent.
20th Mar '16 4:46:44 AM NozzDogg
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* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'''s Order of the Sacred Hamaxe, a Martian crusading order, might be the most heroic faction in the setting, protecting innocents, fighting dangerous animals and stopping evil organizations at every turn. The have a strong code of honour and welcome any Martian caste into their order, an amazing thing to do on Mars.
19th Mar '16 11:01:10 AM rehberre
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* Creator/BioWare's ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' games usually have some paladins in them:

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* Creator/BioWare's ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' games usually have some paladins in them:them, along with taking it as a character class:



** ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'': There's Keldorn and the Order of the Radiant Heart. There are also a group of fallen paladins who got kicked out of the order and are now common criminals. Meanwhile, Mazzy Fentan can't be a paladin because the second edition rules didn't allow it for halflings yet... ''but'' she's a LawfulGood, knightly servant of her deity who gives her special powers, so basically it's just a matter of terminology and minor differences in special abilities, and of her being bothered that she's not official.

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** ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'': There's Keldorn and the Order of the Radiant Heart.Heart, as well as the [[IWantToBeARealMan wannabe paladin]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Anomen]] (who is a fighter/cleric dual-class, but aspires towards the paladin's role and attitude). There are also a group of fallen paladins who got kicked out of the order and are now common criminals. Meanwhile, Mazzy Fentan can't be a paladin because the second edition rules didn't allow it for halflings yet... ''but'' she's a LawfulGood, knightly servant of her deity who gives her special powers, so basically it's just a matter of terminology and minor differences in special abilities, and of her being bothered that she's not official.official.
*** The PlayerCharacter can also be one, with the option to join TheOrder after successfully completing a series of quests. S/he and Keldorn are the only two playable characters who can wield [[InfinityPlusOneSword Carsomyr, the Holy Avenger.]] Comes in four distinct flavors: the standard paladin (with TurnUndead, DetectEvil, saving throw bonuses, and the ability to wield any weapon); the Cavalier (no ranged weapons, but has special resistances and bonuses against demons and dragons); the Inquisitor (trade in standard features for powerful AntiMagic), and the Undead Hunter (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin). Of course, those bonuses are conditional upon having a decent Reputation and upholding NeverHurtAnInnocent.
26th Feb '16 7:53:22 AM NativeJovian
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The word "Paladin" comes from the Palatine Hill in Rome[[note]]also the source of the word "palace"[[/note]], which in ancient times was where the Emperor and his highest officials officiated. Being a ''palatinus'' was about official authority, not about skill as a warrior or devotion to righteousness. In the middle ages ''palatinus'' became "paladin"[[note]] although words like "Palatine" and "Palatinate" continued to be used[[/note]], and in chivalric epic poems became applied to Twelve Paladins or Twelve Peers of Emperor Charlemagne. In the cycle of epics known as the ''matière de la France'' ("matter of France"), which includes the French ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'', the German ''Willehalm'' by [[Literature/{{Parzival}} Wolfram of Eschenbach]] and the Italian ''Literature/OrlandoFurioso'', where the paladins became idealized symbols of courage and purity.



* The word "paladin" is frequently used to refer to the top tier of advisors and officials of a ruler. As an example you can look at this 1871 magazine illustration depicting ''[[https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paladin#/media/File:Die_Gartenlaube_%281871%29_b_672.jpg The Three Paladins of the German Emperor]]'' at the victory parade after the [[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]]: minister of war Albrecht von Roon, chancellor UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck and chief of the general staff Helmuth von Moltke riding ahead of Emperor Wilhelm I. Of course in the real world there is less likelihood of people agreeing on whom to see as an embodiment of chivalry and good; a contemporary Frenchman would have been much more likely to describe the three as a [[TheDragon Dragon]], an EvilChancellor and a DragonInChief.

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* The word "Paladin" comes from the Palatine Hill in Rome[[note]]also the source of the word "palace"[[/note]], which in ancient times was where the Emperor and his highest officials officiated. Being a ''palatinus'' was about official authority, not about skill as a warrior or devotion to righteousness. In the middle ages ''palatinus'' became "paladin"[[note]] although words like "Palatine" and "Palatinate" continued to be used[[/note]], and in chivalric epic poems became applied to Twelve Paladins or Twelve Peers of Emperor Charlemagne. In the cycle of epics known as the ''matière de la France'' ("matter of France"), which includes the French ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'', the German ''Willehalm'' by [[Literature/{{Parzival}} Wolfram of Eschenbach]] and the Italian ''Literature/OrlandoFurioso'', where the paladins became idealized symbols of courage and purity.
* The word "paladin" is frequently sometimes used to refer to the top tier of advisors and officials of a ruler. As an example you can look at this 1871 magazine illustration depicting ''[[https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paladin#/media/File:Die_Gartenlaube_%281871%29_b_672.jpg The Three Paladins of the German Emperor]]'' at the victory parade after the [[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]]: minister of war Albrecht von Roon, chancellor UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck and chief of the general staff Helmuth von Moltke riding ahead of Emperor Wilhelm I. Of course in the real world there is less likelihood of people agreeing on whom to see as an embodiment of chivalry and good; a contemporary Frenchman would have been much more likely to describe the three as a [[TheDragon Dragon]], an EvilChancellor and a DragonInChief.
26th Feb '16 6:53:25 AM Menshevik
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* Another similar grouping exists in Russian ''byliny'' about the ''druzhina'' of Prince Vladimir of Kiev, who defend Holy Russia against the [[AnachronismStew pagan Tatars]]. The most famous member of these ''bogaryri'' is Film/IlyaMuromets.



* The word "paladin" is frequently used to refer to the top tier of advisors and officials of a ruler. As an example you can look at this 1871 magazine illustration depicting ''[[https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paladin#/media/File:Die_Gartenlaube_%281871%29_b_672.jpg The Three Paladins of the German Emperor]]'' at the victory parade after the [[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]]: minister of war Albrecht von Roon, chancellor UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck and chief of the general staff Helmuth von Moltke riding ahead of Emperor Wilhelm I.

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* The word "paladin" is frequently used to refer to the top tier of advisors and officials of a ruler. As an example you can look at this 1871 magazine illustration depicting ''[[https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paladin#/media/File:Die_Gartenlaube_%281871%29_b_672.jpg The Three Paladins of the German Emperor]]'' at the victory parade after the [[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Franco-German War]]: minister of war Albrecht von Roon, chancellor UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck and chief of the general staff Helmuth von Moltke riding ahead of Emperor Wilhelm I. Of course in the real world there is less likelihood of people agreeing on whom to see as an embodiment of chivalry and good; a contemporary Frenchman would have been much more likely to describe the three as a [[TheDragon Dragon]], an EvilChancellor and a DragonInChief.
26th Feb '16 6:44:13 AM Menshevik
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The word "Paladin" comes from the Palatine Hill in Rome[[note]]also the source of the word "palace"[[/note]], which in ancient times was where the Emperor and his highest officials officiated. Being a ''palatinus'' was about official authority, not about skill as a warrior or devotion to righteousness. In the middle ages ''palatinus'' became "paladin"[[note]] although words like "Palatine" and "Palatinate" continued to be used[[/note]], and in chivalric epic poems became applied to [[RuleOfTwelve Twelve Paladins]] or Twelve Peers of Emperor Charlemagne. In the cycle of epics known as the ''matière de la France'' ("matter of France"), which includes the French ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'', the German ''Willehalm'' by [[Literature/{{Parzival}} Wolfram of Eschenbach]] and the Italian ''Literature/OrlandoFurioso'', where the paladins became idealized symbols of courage and purity.

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The word "Paladin" comes from the Palatine Hill in Rome[[note]]also the source of the word "palace"[[/note]], which in ancient times was where the Emperor and his highest officials officiated. Being a ''palatinus'' was about official authority, not about skill as a warrior or devotion to righteousness. In the middle ages ''palatinus'' became "paladin"[[note]] although words like "Palatine" and "Palatinate" continued to be used[[/note]], and in chivalric epic poems became applied to [[RuleOfTwelve Twelve Paladins]] Paladins or Twelve Peers of Emperor Charlemagne. In the cycle of epics known as the ''matière de la France'' ("matter of France"), which includes the French ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'', the German ''Willehalm'' by [[Literature/{{Parzival}} Wolfram of Eschenbach]] and the Italian ''Literature/OrlandoFurioso'', where the paladins became idealized symbols of courage and purity.



* The TropeNamer is, of course, the actual Paladins: the "Twelve Peers", the foremost Christian warriors of the court of Charlemagne. They were first described in ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'', and the eponymous Roland was said to have eventually become the leader of the Paladins. What they actually did, and what was merely propaganda and hearsay, is a little less clear.

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* The TropeNamer is, of course, the actual Paladins: the Paladins or "Twelve Peers", the foremost Christian warriors of the court of Charlemagne. They were first described in ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'', and the eponymous Roland[[note]] Roland was loosely based on Ruotland, a count in charge of the Breton March (i. e. the Frankish province bordering on Brittany) who was killed in the battle of Roncevalles.[[/note]] was said to have eventually become the leader of the Paladins. What they actually did, As the number of Paladins was fixed at twelve (possibly in analogy to the Twelve Apostles or the Twelve Tribes of Israel), their names tend to vary from work to work within the ''matière de France'' as different authors would obviously want to include their pet character in the number.
* The ''matière de Bretagne'' centring on {{King Arthur}} for a long time evolved in competition with the ''matière de France''[[note]] Arthurian works were often written for or sponsored by supporters of the Norman
and what was merely propaganda and hearsay, is a little less clear.Plantagenet kings of England, who were seen as Arthur's successors, while their French Capetian rivals were descended from Charlemagne.[[/note]], so many scholars believe that the Knights of the Round Table were an attempt to outdo the Twelve Peers. They certainly soon did this as far as their numbers were concerned; not being bound by the Paladins' Rule of Twelve, the number of active Knights of the Round Table at one point rose to 1600 (in the 13th century ''Brut'' by Layamon).



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* Of all the Knightly-courts of early Christian Era, perhaps none is more well known than that of {{King Arthur}}, and of course of all of his knights, none embodied the ideals of a Paladin quite so perfectly, right down to the stupid part of being {{Lawful Stupid}}, as Lancelot Du Lac.
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